Thursday, November 15

11:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Registration Open

12:00-7:00 p.m.
Learning Center and Networking Lounge Open
Get exclusive access to high-profile exhibitors showcasing their innovative products and services in our Learning Center. Vendors have been carefully selected allowing you to identify strategic partners to fulfill your institutional needs. (Open Thursday and Friday)

2:00-3:30 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Plenary Session
Crisis Communication: Managing the Message, Diffusing the Issue

When nursing educators must respond to student driven social media scenarios that must be dealt with quickly, it can be nerve-racking -- even under the best conditions. How do you manage an inappropriate tweet, or a Facebook posting with sensitive information? How do you respond to the media controversy with external stakeholders, parents, or others? Learn practical tips to survive and succeed from the former Deputy Attorney General of Ohio and a national leader in crisis communications.
Speaker: Mark Weaver, Esq, Communications Counsel Inc., Columbus, OH

3:30-4:00 p.m.
Networking Break

4:00-5:15 p.m.
Plenary Session
Implications for Baccalaureate Education from the Vision Task Force Position Statement

The position statement from AACN’s Vision for Nursing Education Task Force outlines many recommendations for the future of nursing education. This presentation reviews relevant recommendations for baccalaureate nursing education with specific suggestions for implementation.
Speaker: Jean Giddens, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

5:15-7:00 p.m.
“Welcome to New Orleans” Networking Reception with Poster Presentations
Our opening reception provides a great forum to network, mingle with friends and colleagues, talk with our poster presenters, and to once again visit our exhibits. Join us as we kick-off our conference!

Friday, November 16

6:30 a.m.
Daybreak Workout

7:15 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Registration Desk and Networking Lounge Open

7:15-9:00 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast and Poster Viewing

7:15 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Learning Center Open

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Revising the AACN Essentials: Re-envisioning Baccalaureate Nursing Education
This session presents the progress to date on the process of review and revision of the Baccalaureate Essentials; provides updates and presents timelines of opportunities for public comments.

9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (refreshment break from 10:30-11:00 a.m.)
Podium Abstracts
This is AACN’s version of TEDTalks, whereby presenters have 20 (twenty) minutes to get their key points across, the audience has 5 (five) minutes to ask questions, and then the last 5 (five) minutes of each podium presentation are used strictly as a passing period among rooms in order to attend the next session of interest.

12:30-2:00 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

2:00-3:15 p.m.
Emerging Solutions
No pre-registration is required for these concurrent sessions, which repeat 3:45-5:00 p.m. You may select two topics.

  • Accelerated, Traditional, and RN-BSN: One Size Does Not Fit All
    Opportunity and access to baccalaureate education in nursing are enhanced by multiple professional entry points. Although the standards that govern all types of baccalaureate programs are the same, the distinct population of students in various degree options necessitate different teaching/learning and operational approaches. This panel discussion session features experienced academic leaders who share their insights on best practices for pre-licensure, masters-entry, and RN completion BSN programs.
    Speakers: Connie Miller, DNP, RNC-OB, Chair, General Nursing and Health Education Division, Clinical Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (AHC - MEPN), Patrick Robinson, PhD, RN, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Arizona College, Phoenix, AZ (Private without AHC - RN-BSN), and Marilyn Cooksey, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, Coughlin-Saunders Foundation Chair in Nursing, School of Nursing, Louisiana College, Pineville, LA (Small Schools - Traditional)
  • Leveling QSEN Competencies: Strategies for Integration in Classroom and Clinical Learning
    Recent studies indicate faculty need resources and continuing education to integrate updated quality and safety content into coursework and clinical learning so that students are prepared for the expectations of current practice. This presentation describes strategies that support the QSEN competencies and demonstrate how they can be integrated into curriculum, emphasizing where safety and healthcare improvement strategies should be introduced, where they should be reinforced with the student, and where they should be emphasized as an expectation of nursing practice.
    Speaker: Geralyn Altimiller, EdD, APRN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Health and Exercise Science, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
  • Nursing’s Role in Reducing Diagnostic Errors
    Diagnosis is one of the most important and challenging aspects of health care for which nurses across all levels of practice share responsibility. As diagnostic errors causing harm are common, improving safety in the diagnostic process needs to be addressed in nursing curricula. What and how to teach pre-licensure nursing students diagnostic strategies and how to strengthen their role as members of the diagnostic team to minimize diagnostic error are addressed in this session.
    Speaker: Gene Harkless, DNSc, APRN, Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Nursing, College of Health and Human Service, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
  • Teaching Innovations for Population Health
    Population health, including social and environmental determinants of health, are increasingly being shown to have significant impact on health outcomes. Attention to population health must be a permanent part of every nurse’s mindset across all levels and practice settings. The speaker has consulted with both AACN and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on best practice in public and population health education for nursing and currently serves on the CDC Community Preventive Services Task Force. This session explores innovative learning opportunities and new resources for integrating population health across the baccalaureate curriculum, including best practices and the transition to competency-based education.
    Speakers: Susan Swider, PhD, PHNA-BC, Director, Advanced Public Health Nursing Program & Transformative Leadership: Population Health Program, Professor, Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing, College of Nursing, Rush University, Chicago, IL
  • The Essence of Nursing: Providing Primary Palliative Care Education to Better Serve the Seriously Ill
    We live in a death-denying society, where death is not recognized as a normal process of life, where seriously ill patients and their families may live in repudiation. Nurses, who spend more time at the bedside or out in the community providing care to these patients and their families have a unique privilege to listen, bear witness, and to be present during the final days of life.
    Speaker: Pam Malloy, MN, RN, Director and Co-Investigator of End-of-Life-Care (ELNEC) Project, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC; and Polly Mazanec, PhD, ACNP-BC, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Cleveland, OH

3:15-3:45 p.m.
Networking Break

3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Emerging Solutions (repeated)

6:00 p.m.
Connect @ Dinner (Optional)
A great opportunity for you to connect with other participants and expand your network while enjoying the local cuisine! Simply choose from our pre-selected restaurants posted near the registration desk and sign-up - it’s just that easy. Participants are responsible for their own tabs and share transportations costs (if any).

Saturday, November 17

6:30 a.m.
Daybreak Workout

7:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Registration Desk and Networking Lounge Open

7:15-9:00 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast

7:30-8:30 a.m.
CCNE Presents the Revised CCNE Accreditation Standards

7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Breakfast Forums

  • New Dean Dialogue
    Deans in the first two years of their deanships are welcome to come and dialogue with a member of the AACN Board of Directors. Get support and feedback on some of the issues that are most disruptive to the operations of your college and learn about the resources available to you from AACN.
  • All of Us Research Program Breakfast Forum
    Learn about the All of Us Research Program as well as its future funding opportunities for AACN member schools. Get details on how your school can seek grant monies to advance the rapid dissemination of the National Institutes of Health Precision Health/Medicine initiative.
    Speaker: Colleen Leners, DNP, APRN, Director of Policy, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC

9:00-10:15 a.m.
Leadership Plenary Session
Shaping Ethically Competent and Resilient Nurse Leaders

The need for highly capable nurses who do not shy away from difficult decisions and know how to collaborate with others on the team is ever present. Explore the ethical competencies that nurses need to analyze when facing complex issues in practice, collaborating with others on the interprofessional team to resolve such issues, and taking the helm when their knowledge and expertise is required. The essential skills to develop resiliency also will be addressed in light of the pressures that challenge the integrity of individual nurses and the profession.
Speaker: Amy M. Haddad, PhD, RN, Director, Center for Health Policy and Ethics, and Professor, College of Nursing and School of Pharmacy & Health Professions, Creighton University, Omaha, NE
Moderator: Rachel Choudhury, MSN, RN, Associate Dean, Program Director-BSN Programs, School of Nursing and Health Professions, Brandman University, Irvine, CA.

10:15-10:45 a.m.
Good Morning Coffee and Tea Break

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Closing Plenary Session
Students with Disabilities: Best Practices for Full Inclusion

Students with disabilities are an emerging and significant population of students in the field of nursing. Given recent advances in technology, coupled with changing attitudes and perceptions, nurses with disabilities are well situated to meet the demands of nursing programs, and they bring a unique and valuable perspective to patient care. In this presentation, Dr. Meeks reviews the benefits of full inclusion of students with disabilities into your educational programs by ‘busting’ the most prevalent myths and offering strategies for preparing students to meet the competencies of nursing education in a safe and effective manner.
Speaker: Lisa M. Meeks, PhD, Clinical Lecturer, Institute for Health Policy and Innovation (IHPI) Clinician Scholar, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI and President of the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education
Moderator: Neal Rosenburg, PhD, RN, Dean of the College of Health Professions, and McAuley School of Nursing, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI